Curriculum Ratings by Teachers (CURATE)

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The Rennie Center is partnering with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to convene panels of Massachusetts educators to review evidence on implementing curricular materials and curricular alignment to Massachusetts learning standards. Their work will lead to a series of reports that provide guidance to schools and districts as they select high-quality core curricular materials.

How does CURATE work?

CURATE convenes over the course of one semester during the 2021-2022 school year. Panelists receive 9 hours of professional development on assessing evidence of curriculum quality and alignment. After the initial 3-hour orientation and 6-hour Saturday institute, panelists independently review, synthesize, and document evidence. Panelists reconvene 4-6 times to collaboratively evaluate, calibrate, and rate curricular materials. By the end of the process, panel teams agree upon quality & alignment ratings for each curriculum. The work of the CURATE panels results in a series of brief, user-friendly reports to support Massachusetts educators in making more informed curriculum choices.

Panelists receive a baseline stipend of $500 and an additional $250 for each product they review, along with 30 PDP points. Each panelist can expect to review between 1 and 3 products (for a total stipend of $750 to $1250) per semester. 

Qualifications

     -  A certified teacher currently teaching in a Massachusetts public or charter school

     -  At least 3 years of teaching experience by August 2021
 

Application Process

Part 1 – Written Application
The written application asks you to complete general demographic information and short response questions.

Part 2 – Interview 
You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in a phone interview.  

Part 3 – Selection
You will be notified if you have been selected to join the Massachusetts CURATE Curriculum Fellowship. If accepted, you will commit to attending all in-person and virtual sessions.

By engaging in the CURATE process, teachers gain deep insight into the quality and alignment of a variety of curricular materials. This leadership opportunity allows Massachusetts teachers to expand their influence in their schools, districts, and across the state without leaving the classroom. If you have any questions about the CURATE application process, contact Annelise Eaton at aeaton@renniecenter.org.

For more information on CURATE, visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website.